Public Health

NHS At 'Breaking Point' As Number Of Beds Drops By A Fifth In Ten Years

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 19.02.2017 | UK Politics

The NHS is at a “breaking point” as the number of overnight hospital beds in English hospitals has dropped by a fifth over the last ten years. The...

Lack Of Sex Education In Schools Is A 'Ticking Sexual Health Time Bomb'

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education

A lack of sex and relationships education in some secondary schools is a “ticking sexual health time bomb”, town hall chiefs have warned. The su...

Hurt People Hurt People: Lessons From Chicago's Violence Epidemic

Nicky Hill | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK
Nicky Hill

It was a snowy December evening in Chicago's Westside and I was wrapped up in layers with lovely warm heat blowing in my face as I sat in a big black ...

‘Red’ Toxic Air Alert Issued To 8 London Boroughs As German Smog Cloud Swamps Capital

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK

A toxic air alert has been issued for eight London boroughs as Mayor Sadiq Khan warned of a “public health emergency.” The “red” warnings were...

A Woman Has Died From An Unstoppable Superbug

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Tech

A woman has died after being infected by a strain of bacteria resistant to every antibiotic available in the US. The patient, who was in her 70s, acqu...

Hundreds Call On MPs In Just 24 Hours After Tories Block New Compulsory Sex Education Push

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Hundreds of people have written to their local MPs in the first 24 hours of a Barnardo’s campaign demanding compulsory sex and relationships educati...

MPs Vote Against Compulsory Sex And Relationships Education

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education

A parliamentary committee has voted against legislation that would make sex and relationships education (SRE) compulsory in schools- despite the fact ...

These Six New Details Show Just How Much The NHS Is Struggling To Cope

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK

Doctors have warned that the NHS’s emergency care system is “on its knees” as news about A&E departments being forced to close their doors, deat...

Andrea Leadsom Slammed For 'Criminal Neglect' Over Toxic Air Pollution

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Politics

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom has been accused of “criminal neglect” over failures to properly warn the public about toxic air pollution. A...

Bird Flu Cases Confirmed In Wild Ducks In England

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 31.12.2016 | UK

Three wild birds in Scotland and England have tested positive for a dangerous strain of bird flu. Two wild wigeon ducks from Somerset and Leicestershi...

Frequent Sauna Bathing Could Reduce Your Risk Of Dementia

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Tech

Want to stave off Alzheimer’s? Use a sauna frequently. That could soon be official advice after scientists found that men who use a sauna four to se...

Beating The TB Stigma

Angela Hunt | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Hunt

The role of the TB nurse is a positive one, as the majority of patients do get better. The TB nurse will always seek to reduce the stigma of the disease. Unfortunately it is still perceived as a 'dirty' disease linked with poverty and in many cultures seen as curse.

Ebola, One Year On: The Political Economy Of Life And Death

Yannis Gourtsoyannis | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK
Yannis Gourtsoyannis

Last week Sierra Leone marked the first anniversary of the declaration of the end of the Ebola outbreak by the World Health Organisation (WHO). A tot...

Empowering Communities - A New Look For Public Health?

Dr William Bird MBE | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr William Bird MBE

We need to rethink our approach to public health in the UK. Last week, Public Health England announced that one in ten adults in the UK will be at risk of diabetes by 2035. If correct, this means millions more living with diabetes, billions more spent treating the disease and thousands of people dying before their time.

Inspiring A Healthier Future

Helen Donovan | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Donovan

Public health nursing has its origins in the mid 1800's when the inequalities of the 19th century, and the ruinous health outcomes of the poorest in society, became increasingly apparent. Following the Boer War, in which the Government struggled to find enough young people who were fit enough to recruit as soldiers, infant welfare in particular fast became a priority.

A False Economy - Cuts to Public Health Budgets Could Cost Our Country Billions

Bryan Blears | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
Bryan Blears

In order to save money in the future and to make our NHS sustainable, I believe the evidence shows that we must invest more in preventative medicine and in informing the lifestyle choices of the public. Supporting people to live independently healthy lives is just as important as treating ill health when it occurs.

Community Pharmacy Has The Potential To Do So Much More

Elizabeth Wade | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK
Elizabeth Wade

But don't take my word for it, ask the Blair Government, or Gordon Brown's...or even David Cameron's for that matter. You see, community pharmacy owners have heard this phrase repeated for a very, very long time now. And, of course, they're absolutely right.

Theresa May's "Watered Down" Child Obesity Strategy Does Not Match Her Rhetoric, Report Says

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK Politics

A report has criticised Theresa May for failing to match her rhetoric on health inequality after “watering down” a programme on child obesity. The...

UK Government's Plan To Tackle Obesity Could Deliver Too Little, Too Late

Professor Mark Hanson | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Politics
Professor Mark Hanson

The government's plan contains several good components, but I know that many experts in the field, many health care professionals and probably many parents will feel disappointed that it does not go far enough...there is a real danger that the government's plan will deliver too little, too late, and that major opportunities will have been missed.

When Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: Indonesia and the Freedom from Tobacco

Citta Widagdo | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK
Citta Widagdo

Six years after the video of an Indonesian baby smoking 40 cigarettes a day went viral, it has now attracted over 30 million views. Research published in Oxford's Health Education Research reported that the prevalence of youth smokers in Indonesia was 38 per cent among boys and 5.3 per cent among girls in 2006.

Why Linking Calories to Exercise on Packaging Is a Bad Idea

James Downs | Posted 14.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
James Downs

It's about time we looked beyond our individual eating habits and considered the wider social and cultural drivers of the ways we consume, and stop placing responsibility and blame for obesity or ill health solely with the individual. Like much else, obesity is a collective issue that needs a comprehensive response...

The ALS Breakthrough Does Not Invalidate Criticism of the Ice Bucket Challenge

Ragnar Weilandt | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK
Ragnar Weilandt

In summer 2014, a social media campaign successfully encouraged millions of people to dump buckets of ice-cold water over their heads to raise awarene...

Indonesia's War on Drugs: On Capital Punishment and How it Harms Public Health and Human Rights

Citta Widagdo | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK
Citta Widagdo

If President Jokowi is to fix the drugs problem, he should employ human rights-based legal responses and evidence-based public health policy and measures, consistent with the spirit of health and human rights norms to protect the wellbeing of its citizens.

Breastfeeding Support Matters, But It's Not All About The Individual

Karen Hall | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Parents
Karen Hall

Minchin accurately predicted a backlash against honesty about the risks of not breastfeeding, and cites the huge vested interests of the baby milk industry, which has successfully divided mothers for decades, co-opting the phrase "breast is best" to create an aspirational ideal, and undermining breastmilk as the normal infant food for our species.

What Do Health Visitors Contribute to Infant Mental Health?

Clair Rees | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Parents
Clair Rees

We all need someone we can trust in our lives, and it's crucial for a baby's future mental health that they build early trusting relationships with their principle caregivers, who will be the safe haven as they grow up, when needing to make sense of any negative experience faced.